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Android users will be noticing something a bit different about their phone soon, as Google today announced the release of a major update that completely revises the Android Marketplace.

The Marketplace will no longer be just a place from which you download apps – at least if you live in the United States. Users will be able to rent movies and purchase digital books How To Convert Scanned Pages Into eReader eBook Format How To Convert Scanned Pages Into eReader eBook Format Read More on their smartphones. Movie rentals start at $1.99 and can be either streamed to your phone or downloaded for viewing while you’re in an area without data service. Purchases made on the Marketplace are tied to your Google account How To Enable & Use The New Google Multiple Sign-In Feature How To Enable & Use The New Google Multiple Sign-In Feature Read More , which means they’re available on all the devices which have access to that account.

Users across the globe will have to wait for these features to become available. Google hasn’t specified which additional countries will receive these new features, and have only specified “soon” as the timeframe.

In addition to the new content, the Marketplace has received a substantial interface update. The list-based interface has been discarded in favor of one that presents apps as a series of tiles, and additional support for best-of lists has been added in hopes of making it easier for users to find quality apps. App description pages have been changed as well, with the most prominent addition being a better interface for browsing app screenshots.

Smartphones running Android 2.2 or better can receive this update, which will be rolling out automatically to supported handsets over the next few weeks.

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Source: Google Mobile Blog

  1. Mark O'Neill
    July 15, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Meanwhile I am stuck on Android 2.1 and therefore with the old Market.  It's very frustrating not knowing when my carrier is going to upgrade me.

  2. Rize
    July 15, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    this will bring more fun

  3. crowd SPRING
    July 15, 2011 at 6:25 am

    NOW! Users will be able to rent movies and purchase digital books on their smartphones.........android always rocks!

  4. instantcake
    July 15, 2011 at 2:52 am

    lifehacer had a link to download it early. works perfictly

    • Edwardparra16
      August 12, 2011 at 2:28 am

      do u have the movies section in the new marketplace cuz i just got it on my android phone and i have the apps,games,books, but no movies section after that its just a few black blanks in the bottom and i was just woundering is there an update coming to get the movies section or????

    • M.S. Smith
      August 14, 2011 at 1:13 am

      You should have a movies section if books also appears. Sounds like this may be a bug.

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